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Transformers One: Unveiling the Origins of Optimus Prime and Megatron at the Licensing Expo

The Licensing Expo in Las Vegas is always a hotspot for early glimpses of upcoming movies, and this year, Transformers fans received a special surprise. Promotional artwork for the new animated film, Transformers One, was unveiled, setting the stage for its release on September 20. This film will delve into the origins of the Transformers on Cybertron, focusing on the early relationship between Optimus Prime and Megatron. The showcased artwork highlighted these characters in their pre-war context, shedding light on their intricate past and the conflict that would shape their legendary rivalry.

Transformers One aims to merge traditional Transformers lore with fresh themes like societal inequality, enriching the story while delivering the expected high-octane action. This blend was evident in the displayed artwork, which Collider’s Perri Nemiroff captured for fans.

Creative Team Behind ‘Transformers One’

The star-studded cast includes Chris Hemsworth in his first animated role as Orion Pax, the future Optimus Prime. Scarlett Johansson lends her voice to Elita-1, adding her extensive voice-acting experience to the mix. The artwork hinted at their significant roles, combining classic Transformers designs with a modern flair. The voice cast also features Keegan-Michael Key as Bumblebee, Laurence Fishburne as Alpha Trion, Jon Hamm as Sentinel Prime, and Brian Tyree Henry as D-16, who will become Megatron. Steve Buscemi also joins the cast in a yet-to-be-disclosed role.

Directed by Josh Cooley, known for Toy Story 4, Transformers One is written by Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, the duo behind Ant-Man and the Wasp. Additional writers include Steve Desmond and Michael Sherman, known for their collaboration on short films like Monsters and the feature film Knock at the Cabin.

The promotional materials at the expo offered a glimpse of what’s to come before Transformers One hits theaters on September 20. While details about the plot and character dynamics remain scarce, more information is expected to be revealed as the release date approaches, providing a clearer picture of how this prequel fits into the larger Transformers saga.

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